Alchemy is about a lot more than turning lead into gold or making the philosopher’s stone. Until the 17th century, alchemists worked hard in their laboratories to produce medicines, develop metal- and glass-working techniques, and uncover the quintessential essence of all earthly and celestial matter.
00:00 Opening Credits
01:09 Element of the Week: Quintessence
02:54 Review of Tara Nummedal’s Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire
06:34 Alchemy at the Corning Museum of Glass
11:15 Closing Credits
Special thanks to Nina Goodby and Anke Timmermann for researching this show. Additional credits available at chemheritage.org/distillations.
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